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Celebrate! For Today is National Beer Day!

Today is National Beer Day...and while it's not an official holiday where we'd get the day off (it totally should be), it's a great day, celebrating an actual good law.

Never thought you'd hear about a good law, right?

It's the Cullen-Harrison Act, and allowed people to sell and drink beer again!  Sometimes politicians get it right.  Rarely enough that Holidays are celebrated when they do!

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Iced Earth – Sabaton – ReVamp Kicked Ass at The Intersection on April 4th [Video/Photos]

This has been a great weekend of music so far in Grand Rapids!  Last night was the fantastic Wayland show, and I had an amazing time!

Friday night was another show I've been looking forward to for a while now, another chance to see Iced Earth!  Also on the bill, one of my favorite bands, Sabaton!  And opening the show, a great band called ReVamp.

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Watch Wayland Rock “Fire Down Below” Live From the Intersection [Video]

Wayland's show at the Intersection was fantastic!  The crowd was huge, the band was on fire, and everyone had such a great time!

Thanks to everyone who came out to rock with Wayland!

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Wayland
Wayland (photo Johnnie Walker)
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Wayland Rocked a Sold Out Intersection Saturday Night [Photos]

Thanks to an amazing Grand Rapids turn out, Wayland got rock their hometown at the sold out Intersection on Saturday night!  You guys all jammed into the place to make some noise and support some local boys done good!

There were a lot of great local bands on the bill:

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WGRD Behind the Scenes with Wayland at The Intersection [Video]

Wayland's show at The Intersection was absolutely amazing last night, thanks to you, Grand Rapids!  You guys came to rock and completely sold out the show!  The guys in Wayland are so happy, and so are we here at GRD!

We got hang with the guys to bring you some fun behind the scenes stuff from the show, so you can see deeper in to the world of Wayland, and how hard they work to prepare for you guys!

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Wayland Rocks ‘Welcome to My Head’ Live at WGRD! [Video]

The guys from Wayland stopped by the 97.9 WGRD studios to talk about their crazy tour life, some things we couldn't share on the air and get everyone pumped for their show at The Intersection on April 5 -- Saturday.

Get out to the show and make your appearance on their DVD, and just enjoy some great kick-ass rock!

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Ned and Johnnie Torture Themselves with Ghost Chilis – Jimmy’s Roadhouse Devil Sauce [Video]

The nice guys from Jimmy's Roadhouse in Newaygo stopped by today with some food, and they told us about their Devil Sauce Challenge.  They have you eat 10 wings in 10 minutes, and then you have to sit for another 5 minutes.

Ned and I did the wuss version, where we dipped our single wing in the sauce to see if we'd survive.  Jackie chickened out completely.

Luckily, I eat quite a bit of hot stuff.

Ned doesn't.

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Johnnie's Mail Bag of goodies for you!
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Johnnie Digs into His Mail Bag – It’s Like Christmas Day with Stuff for You!

My desk gets buried in mail sometimes.

Okay, a lot.

New music, stuff to give away to you guys, random weirdness I didn't know was even out there, magazines I don't read or subscribe to…

Today was a good mail day, as I scored some cool stuff we can give away!  Find us when we're out and about and we'll hook you up!

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Chevelle In Concert At The Hard Rock In Las Vegas
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Chevelle Drummer Sam Talks to WGRD About La Gargola, Touring, and Road Food

Today, I got to talk with Sam from Chevelle about their new album, the upcoming tour, even road stink, road food, and Pete's idea of how he does things!

Chevelle's new album "La Gargola" comes out on April 1st, and they're currently rehearsing for the tour, so that seemed

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56th GRAMMY Awards - Show
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Crank Up the New Metallica Demo – The Lords of Summer Garage Demo Version and Live!

Metallica has been talking about working on a new album for a while, and they've actually gotten started!  Jackie played for you the demo of the first song, "The Lords of Summer"!

No telling if this song will make the album, or in what form!  Different lyrics, rearranged...we will have to wait and see.

But for now, check out Metallica's official "Garage Demo" of the song, and a 10 camera edit of the first live performance of the song!

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Sabaton at the Battle of San Bernardino (photo Johnnie Walker)
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Get Your Metal on at The Intersection on April 4 with Iced Earth, Sabaton and Revamp

There are a lot of great shows coming to the GR area, and one I'm really looking forward to is the Iced Earth show on April 4th!  They're going to wreck The Intersection with another one of my favorite bands, Sabaton!  And the Uber-gorgeous Floor Jansen is on the bill with her band Revamp, too, so this will be an amazing, not-to-miss show!

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Thanks for Coming to Free Beer & Hot Wings’ Live at Night Show – Enjoy the Pics

We all and a great time Friday night at the Free Beer & Hot Wings Live at Night show. And from all the laughter, it sounded like you guys had a great time with us at The Orbit Room for Gilda's LaughFest!

Except for the voice scrambling bit … ha ha!

Listen Monday for the details on Steve's date, and maybe even some highlights from the night, including some of the things you've never heard our friends from WZZM say on a microphone!

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